NY Jets: Winners and losers from Week 5 loss to the Falcons

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NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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Winner: The NY Jets offensive line

We can at least start with a little optimism. The Jets offense put together another poor showing on Sunday, but it wasn't because of the offensive line.

The Jets' offensive line played particularly well once again with Zach Wilson only getting sacked twice, one of which was entirely on him. Preliminary Pro Football Focus grades indicate this is the case too.

Four of the Jets' top-five graded players on offense were offensive linemen (all five starters with the exception of George Fant) with rookie guard Alijah Vera-Tucker having the best game clocking in at an elite 92.0 grade.

The Jets offensive line hasn't been perfect this season, but they've held their own in recent weeks. The offense's struggles can't be placed on their shoulders.

Loser: Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets

One player who absolutely must shoulder the blame, however, is quarterback Zach Wilson. Wilson was bad on Sunday. Likely even worse than his box score numbers suggest.

The rookie QB never got into a rhythm and wasted a pretty good game plan from offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur (yes, really) with poor execution.

His bounced bubble screen to Jamison Crowder sticks out as a particularly woeful moment as his inability to complete one of the easiest throws in the book possibly cost the Jets a touchdown off a beautiful play design.

Wilson had 59 yards through the first 50 minutes of play. He tossed his 10th interception of the season and is on pace to break Peyton Manning's rookie record.

The Jets need Wilson to play better as the weeks go on. The off-script stuff is fun, but it's useless if you don't have a solid foundation of fundamentals. Wilson is lacking that right now.